Testimonials About BBQ
Pits by Klose
1-22-16 Thought you may find these
entertaining. Sometimes we must go to extremes to deliver even a backyard
Crazy backyard delivery, pit elevated 350 ft in Santa Barbara Hills. Thank God
for towing professionals!
Just wanted you to know that I took delivery of the pit
yesterday, and the towing people deposited it on the driveway with no problems
or drama. Even better, they returned later with their *crane*
and lifted the unit over a structure, through the
woods, and up the stairs, to the sidewalk level that it needs to be on to
roll straight to the back yard. It is still wrapped for protection pending that
roll, but I should be able to start using
it this weekend. A dream come true. I took videos, and here
is a sequence of stills. It did look a little scary but the guys knew what they
were doing. The pathway that the pit ends up on runs directly to the backyard.
I’ll get you some photos of the pit in its final location once we get some
friends to help roll it back there this weekend. Wood delivery Monday : )
Thanks for your hard work, it paid off!
Hi Dave, wanted to let you know I bought the Delux Grill Chef Smoker from
you in 2011 and have been practicing on it in the second half of 2011.
Its been a mild winter in Boston but with the Pats playing
in the superbowl I agreed after much prodding by my friends to provide ribs and
such for a Superbowl party. The temp outside was low 20s when I started and
didnt get much above low 30's during the day. I had to give myself an extra
hour to get the smoker up to temp but when we got there it held 220 on the nose
beautifully no matter the wind changes. I used the charcoal basket and even
with the colder weather I got a good solid 5+ hours out of it. In the summer I
was averaging about 6-7 hours.
So even though the outcome of the game was not the best I
had nothing but glowing comments on the ribs (beef and St. Louis style) as well
as the beer butt chicken my wife demands for herself which is the price to let
me BBQ. Thanks again for the smoker and I am looking forward to the spring to
start playing around with some different recopies.
From: Thomas Cushman
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2011 9:43 AM
Subject: Thank you.
I would like to take a moment and thank you and all the people involved for the
absolutely gorgeous smoker grill I received yesterday.
I did not have a chance to fire it up as of yet but if it works as good as it
looks the food will be delicious. Thanks again and keep up the good work!
11-7-11 David,I bought a 20x36 Deluxe Smoker from you in the spring and
since then have impressed many family and friends (65lbs of pork shoulder was a
big hit at a church picnic). I volunteered to cook some turkeys for my
Command's Thanksgiving party. I figure I can probably fit three turkeys in my
smoker. I was wondering if you had any advice on turkey size, prep, temps,
types of wood to use or anything else. I appreciate any advice you can
offer.Thanks for your help
Sincerely, LCDR Michael M. Jarosz, P.E.
Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division Director
Thanks for the special delivery on a Saturday of the Smoker and charcoal
basket! You are the best! We have already used it to make some EXCELLENT pulled
pork on Labor day. Lynn is a very picky eater, and she mentioned that she
enjoyed the pork, which is a real compliment in itself. Seasoned the pit earlier
in the week, and started with some great wings and veggies on Friday. All in
all, the smoker and charcoal basket both deliver
than expected! If only I could get myself to work
as well as your products work, there would be no stopping me. I suppose I will
have to keep trying.
Neighbors on both sides of me
have already noticed, and asked where I got my smoker. I gave them both a copy
of your DVD catalog, Dana’s card, and some pulled pork to boot! Hopefully, the
neighborhood will have a competition as to who makes the best BBQ, but I started
the trend. Thanks to you both, Carla and the rest of the team as well, for a
super experience, and for the wonderful addition to our back yard. Too bad we
cannot cook in the front yard, or I would be doing it there, under a BBQPITS.COM
04-05-2011 Jack Coller
I bought a grill from Klose back in 1989 just before X-Mas
(when you were located on 34th St.) I think.
I still have it to this day, it has moved from Houston to San Francisco and I
still have it now in Indiana. It's STILL as good as new!
dave, thanks for a Terrific Product. Got it cooking already.
David, It has been a little bit over a year since I have had my 20x30 pipe
smoker and I absolutely love it! I have done everything from Brisket to Ribs to
a full blown Turkey and it has been awesome! I have bbq'd and smoked in all
weather conditions and the little guy is a champ. It was even better than
advertised and I cant say enough about the level of craftsmanship that your shop
produces. It holds consistent temp, cooks better than the oven in my house, and
provides nice smooth even cooking throughout whatever I have on the rack. I
cannot say enough about the quality of the work you and your entire team do. I
am extremely satisfied with the purchase and my only regret is not going
bigger:) I just wanted to take a minute to write you and say thanks. Oh and I
am spreading the word for you as much as possible out here in Maryland,
hopefully 1 or 2 more will come your way. I get comments on it at every bbq I
have...with multiple people asking where they can get one.
My cooker arrived Tuesday in great shape. The grill chef
smoker exceeds all my expectations. The quality of the workmanship is fantastic.
Damn thing is heavy. Broke through two sheets of plywood going up a very slight
incline, but, we made it. It is now in it's final resting place, a place of
honor, centered on my deck over looking the woods behind my house. Even my wife
is mightily impressed. It shall remain there until I pass to the other side,
then someone else can worry about moving it. I am going to cure it today and
begin planning the weekend maiden cooking, I'm thinking a twelve pound packer
brisket, but probably a two inch prime bone in rib eye tomorrow and the brisket
on Sat. I believe the damper between the firebox and cooking chamber will make a
huge difference. I gave away a Lifetime smoker to make room for this cooker. I
can already tell it was a good decision. I have sent a pic from my phone as to
where its set up, maybe you can combine the pic with this. I dealt with Carla
and Dana both and both were fantastic to work with. They were both witty,
helpful and nice. Dana even got me on the phone with you, which was an
experience in itself. You've got some stories don't you. You were a pleasure and
fun to speak with. Thank all of you for your help.
For folks out there reading this, stop buying those cheap
ass products on the mass market and go on and buy quality now, You'll be happier
and save money in the long run. Just ask my wife who is peering out over the
grill graveyard at my house. The graveyard gets cleaned up this weekend while
the brisket is smoking. THANK YOU!
David, My wife, Cathy, and I enjoyed meeting you today and visiting for the
first time your place of business in Houston.
You're an interesting man and most cordial. You made us feel welcome. You
obviously own a business that you are passionate about.
I was impressed by the quality of your smokers/cookers and the attention to
detail that goes into their manufacture.
The 20" x 42" Master
Chef Deluxe model with the extended 20" x 30" Upright Slow Smoker captured my
interest. There was obviously a lot of thought that went into the design of this
model and, having seen it and its features firsthand, I understand why you
market it on the Klose Web site as the "highest quality smoker on the market
I'll be back to you. I'm chewing on whether or not I need a smoker quite this
That said, wish it
was in my backyard right now with smoke curling out of the stacks!
Thanks and best regards,
Dan Walth commented on your
link. Dan wrote: "David Klose builds pits that work well and require no
They need little to no adjustment to control temperature; after four hours I
just pour in more wood for another four hours of smoking.
Everything should be built this well."
David, I want to thank you for the superb design and
manufacturing of my new 20 by 42 Grill. As you know I had many modifications on
this grill and every one was done well beyond the quality I expected. This may
be the finest US manufactured product (of any type) that I have ever bought.
The welds are the work of a true craftsman! The design allows for many
different styles of cooking; from direct high heat grilling, to indirect ‘low
and slow’ smoking. The wheels and frame seem like they could hold a few
thousand pounds, so I suspect this will be passed down for generations to
come. Thanks for showing everyone that quality design and manufacturing still
exist in this country.
Steve Eubanks had us make him a solid stainless steel dual
adjustable height fire racks in the main chamber, controlled outside by levers
on the left & right side of grill,
with inter-changeable carbon & solid perforated ss & steel plates for different
drafts for cooking. Really came out nice, & should perform amazing for all
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 7:52 PM
Subject: Re: Klose Cooker in St. Pete, FL
Hey David - good to hear from
you. The smoker is doing great by the way (48x20 grill chef). I've tried my
hand at brisket for the first time recently and was quite pleased with the
results. Good smoke ring, good flavor and tenderness. Lots of room for
improvement, of course, but it just means I get to cook more. Hope you are
well. Nathaniel S. Hatcher
the time has come to step up to what I know will work for me.
Dave, I made the down payment for this Incredible machine that is going to
change my Life.
Thanks for all your honesty, candor, and intensity. But above all thanks for
encouraging (not selling) me,
to have enough faith and belief in what I do to make this giant step forward.
I can't wait to tell you my success story once we get this Baby fired up and
start burning some ribs & chicken
unlike the Delaware Valley has ever experienced. God bless you & yours for what
you have given, and continue
to give to the World.
Sincerely, Abby Boyd
Hello, this is Taylor Swanson. I came in the other day and asked about
roasting a whole hog. If you could send me any info you have about it, that
would be very helpful.
P.s. I have been to many custom pit shops around Houston,
and I can honestly say that I was impressed with the quality of all of your
products. Even more, I was shocked to see your pits we 30% less expensive than
those of lower quality at other shops. Thank you very much for your dedication
to the glorious art of BBQ, and my next pit will most defiantly be bought from
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December 22, 2010 at
After a few WI winters, I must report. It is easy to regulate with consistent
temps for 3-4 hours without need for tampering. Summer or winter, it works well.
The pit is the easiest pit to use that I have ever had. Saturday, my son
James and I grilled fajitas, chicken, rib eye steaks, sausage and fish while (((
at the same time))) smoking short ribs and brisket.
The heat was easy to hold in the smoker for the 12 hr
total period (brisket) with only a couple of small oak logs going the entire
time. They started right up with the log lighter and then we just checked it
occasionally adding a new log every couple of hours. I really think the 1/2"
carbon steel was a big help here as I have had other thinner walled fireboxes
that took more attention.
The cable system on the grill made heat control for the
different types of meat instantaneous with perfect results for thin salmon
fillets and 2 inch steaks. How do you spell perfection?
Cleanup took about 10 minutes. Really glad I ordered the stainless steel ash
trays. The iron tray for the fire box is Heavy.
The only problem we had was not enough people for all of
the great meat. Oh well, you can't expect to get everything perfect the first
Hey Y'all, Got my pit on Wednesday, seasoned her up and been cookin'
since 2:00 AM.
It's a beautiful pit and I want to thank you guys so much. It's been holding
220-250 the whole cook.
And thanks again for such a gorgeous pit.
Have a great day,
bought a BYC from you guys 3 or 4 years ago, I smoke at home every chance I get.
Your smokers are awesome I could not be happier. Sorry it took me so long to let
you know that. This weekend I entered my first KCBS cookoff here in MD with my
wife sister and brother-in-law we call our team Smokin For Fun, we took 4th in
ribs and 12th overall out of 33 teams, we were the only rookie team out of 4 to
get a call. The reason for this email is I wanted to let you know your smoker
got alot of attention and questions from alot of people. There were alot of
people asking where I got it. It still looks and cooks great, Again I can not
tell you how happy I am with my BYC. Don Connelly
Dave, It was a pleasant surprise to have the opportunity to speak to you the
other night, and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the time you
are taking to reach out to a aspiring competition team. I plan on trying some
of these recipes soon, and if you think of anything else, please feel free to
send them. I registered for your forum and email updates, so I can keep up with
everything as we prepare to start competing.
I look forward
to making the trip to Houston in the near future, and it would be great to meet
you in person, see your pits, have a beer, and talk BBQ. I will have more
questions as we get further into this venture, and I really do appreciate your
David, on your new Mark 24 Tigerfish Torpedo BBQ Smoker,
you and yours
never cease to amaze me with what you all can do with some steel and sweat. I
have been trying without much luck to put me a small smoker together. I can
tell you this, your smoker prices are more than just good. The amount of work
that has to go in too just one cooker. Man you all just rock in my book. Can't
wait until I can put in another order and that's the truth.
Oh man!!! I have been a Torpedoman in the Submarine Force for the last
I MUST OWN ONE when I retire next spring!!!!
That is the coolest thing I have ever seen!
Hi Guys, Well, it's been just about a month since we've started up here and the
pit (Bubba) hasn't stopped rolling. We've been busy every weekend with
graduation, birthday, anniversary and "just because it's the weekend" parties.
Folks who see your pit are amazed at the quality of construction - It's truly
professionally made- maintains consistent temperature throughout/sight/smell/the
whole experience - totally awesome! It really makes barbecuing a blast. It
was well worth the trip to get my hands on a Klose pit and very much look
forward to the next one!
Nice work by all "y'all" at Klose! Man, that just doesn't sound right coming
from a Yankee! Hope to talk soon...
Mr. Klose. I work for KBR in Escravos, Nigeria and we have recently purchased 3
of your pits and have them here at our site. I had not seen any of your pits
until these were delivered and I must say that I am impressed with the way they
cook and the attention to details. Two of the pits are new and the larger pit
was a refurbished older pit. The larger pit is the one in my area and we use it
every Sunday. I got here the same week the pits were delivered and everyone was
fighting over who got which pit. My group won of course, a team member from my
group made the arrangements for purchase and delivery. Nobody is fighting
anymore as all the pits cook exceptionally well and all are large enough to feed
I will be coming home (Baytown, Texas) on 18 August for 3 weeks off and would
like to come to your shop on 19 August with my wife for a tour and then purchase
one of your pits. Currently I am looking at your on line catalog and have a hard
time deciding which I would prefer. I’m having a hard time deciding between the
20 x 48 Smoker and the 20 x 48 Grill Chef Smoker. Either pit I’m sure will be in
stock and which ever I end up getting I would want the top door on firebox.
The main question I have is depending on what I added to the pit, like the
Chrome State of Texas, the 160,000 BTU Fish Fryer Table and the SS racks in pit
and firebox, would I be able to pick up the pit the same day as our visit? We
are having a birthday party at our home for our granddaughter on Saturday, 21
August and I would like to be able to use the new pit.
Escravos GTL Project
Delta State, Nigeria
Thank you very much David. I Truly appreciate the hospitality
you and your terrific staff extend each time I call.
Christian R Lanoie
Plouffe's Enterprise, Inc.
Yes I received both emails n the cd. I see several styles that
It will take some time for me to get the funds together. I have also shared your
emails with friends n neighbors.
Thanks again for the quick n great customer service!
James JimBo Seiling II
Skalubinski, Glenn J [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, July 30, 2010 9:20 AM
back in town and all went well. Again no traffic to speak of (except in CT -
which is typical). I'm not going to lie though, I don't feel like driving for a
while. Everyone whom I've spoken to about this pit is so excited and can't wait
to get started. I've shown folks at work a few of the pictures of the pit and
they're all impressed as well.
I'm curious to find out if you've had a spike in call volumes this week. While
we were driving, we could see guys taking picture and writing phone
I wanted to thank you and David again for your wonderful hospitality and making
it a truly worth-while trip for us. Your knowledge and experience in the
barbeque field is priceless. (I hope you won't mind if I continue to reach out
for tips and advice)
I will continue to keep you posted on how this goes. I hope you had an
enjoyable fishing trip!
forgot to purchase some of David's award winning chicken rub. Would it be
possible to send a couple of small containers to my home address?
Sent: Friday, March 12, 2010 2:29 PM
Subject: Re: New pictures of the pit
Carla, I want to thank you and Dave and Danna for everything! The attention to
detail, the quality of the sink and water heating system is fantastic, and the
paint job as well! The other little touches were appreciated as well! Casey is
on cloud nine! I pray that he will be successful as Dave is with his business.
No one builds a pit like Dave Klose! Like someone from Missouri, they would
have to show it to me! My grandmother was from Batchtown, Missouri; so I guess
that might be part of the reason, but I have seen the other pits; I have not
eaten anything off of them, but I know the food off of a DKBBQ Pit is
fantastic! I pray that we are calling you soon for a bigger pit! But we will
never get loose of this one! Thank you for caring about people as well as the
perfection you demand in building your pits! It has meant a great deal to my
family and Casey.
My Very first Pit was a Klose Family Reunion and was one
of the finest made things I have ever saw. I felt like I
lost my best friend the day I had to sell it to catch the
morgage up. I am dreaming of the day when I get to order
myself an even bigger badder than before.
I am trying to get a home build going. I just finished
getting the plugs wired in for the welder. The welder is a
Old lincoln ac/dc 225 that was found on the side of the
road. We cleaned it up installed some new leads. Just got to
test it tonight and works great.
I am trying to construct a small cooker as I can get the
materials. My hats off to Dave and his guys and family, this
chit ain't easy at all. I know excactly who I am calling as
soon as I can get another smoker.
I learned that there are so many details you have to
consider and reconsider. And to see the finished product,
the pictures do not do these pits justice.
David; Dana and all of you there, I'll Be Back!! : )
M.IM. KCBS CBJ
ALVERON HOG COOKER
& KLOSE FRP
08-24-09 Hi Dave, I got my 50 inch Back yard chef
last week here in PA ... its amazing .. finally some good BBQ north of the
Mason Dixon line!!
So far I did a brisket, pork shoulder, pork chops,
sausage, pork tenderloin and a turkey ...
I did the Turkey and pork tenderloin yesterday for my
parents. My dad loved the turkey the most.
Thank you for the great piece ... the kids in the
neighborhood keep asking me why I have a locomotive in the backyard ..
Dave, There is no way that I can really express to you how much I appreciated
your hospitality, and your attention to quality, and your service to our country
that continues to this day!
I pray that your business continues to grow, and that my son's begins and grows
and we have to return for a much bigger one. We had people stare on the road,
and people ask about the pit when we were stopped. I told all of them that you
were the only one to buy a pit from!
hope to make something for you as well. I am learning all that I can about it
right now, so won't tell you what it is, until I present it to you. Don't
worry, it won't be on fire, or blow up!
Tell Carla again, how much I appreciated her as well. She is a great lady! We
both learned a lot from you and her! All priceless information!
But even more important, is the fact that I feel I have found a new friend, a
man who understands that all of our blood runs red, that we are all equal, and
that we all have talents. I appreciate so much the time you gave to Casey; you
have built his confidence as well, so I hope and pray it leads to something that
he will feel proud of, and make a good living from!
they are still talking to Casey, so don't have all the details. I thought I
might donate some of the meat, if the money is going to the team, but not sure
how much they are talking about. I, like you don't mind putting money out to
help good causes, but we need to make money right now to get this off the ground
and pay for truck and insurance.
know this won't come as a surprise to you, but Casey has had at least 20 people
stop and talk to him about the pit! I can't help but laugh, it clearly shows
what I already knew, and that is that you create the best pit in America, and I
am sure the world! I hope we earn the money soon, so that we can return and get
a bigger one. I wonder if someone from here has not already contacted you! I am
sure they have already looked at the sight!
Casey, could not wait to start using it today, and has come home and I had to
get a rope and pull him down to earth; he is so high up there, with the
compliments on the pit and questions. One of the city officers is a biker, and
talked to him about a biker rallie, so things could happen, and it would be so
great for him. He has been a lost soul because he put his whole life into being
a soldier like his grandfather, and when it was denied it almost destroyed him.
This is our 40th anniversary, my wife and I; so i have to get going doing
something for her.
God Bless, and call you soon
Good ol' American work... and bullet proof. Wish we had one of these in
Keep up the good work!
Dave, did get
your catalog! You are the bbq pit god! In Michigan you don't see bbq rigs like
that very often. You guys do beautiful work down there. I was very surprised
that i got a phone call from you directly when my e-mail address wasn't
working. For somebody like you with a big operation like that to take the time
and call me personally says a lot about you and your company. Anyway i do hope
one day i will own one of your pits. I'm pretty new to the bbq world as of this
summer and i love it. There's nothing like being able to cook meat like that and
have your guests rave about it! I've been firing up my bbq every weekend and i
wish i could do it more. It's very addicting!
Production Die Programming
Troy Design & Manufacturing Co.
07-30-09 David, I just
purchased the 54" Grill Chef from Dana. She was a big help in getting all my
questions answered and spent lots of time answering my questions last week.
I am so excited to have finally made the jump to a real
bbq smoker. I am looking forward to many many years of great cooking on my new
Klose Pit. You mentioned that you had many recipes that you were willing to
share with your customers and I am certainly interested when you get a chance.
It is quite nice to know that I have been looking at
purchasing a smoker from you for 3 years and have finally been able to do it. I
look forward to a long lasting relationship as a valued customer.
Sincerely, Dan Stein
07-29-09 Hi Dave and Dana,
got the new Klose pit today about 3:00 p.m. It looks awesome and was delivered
in good shape. Just like I ordered it, also. The gentleman did a good job of
delivering it and helping me put it on my backyard patio where I wanted it. He
was very helpful.
was not expecting it this quick so thanks a lot for everything. I will get it
cured during the next few days and try it out. I will let you know how good it
cooks. Thanks for the rubs. The shopping experience has been a good one and
thanks for you all`s pit experience in helping me determine what I needed and
wanted. I am really happy with it and have not even cooked on it yet. It is a
piece of work!
Dave, Holy Cow.
I'm still on cloud 9. I was sitting in my driveway patiently awaiting the pit.
Deciding on what I will call her (ended up on Nellie Belle by the way) then I
saw the headights hit the windows across the street. I looked left and caught
my first glimpse of her silhoutte against my neighbor's porchlights. It was
like a dream. The only thing I can compare it to is seeing my daughter for the
first time in that delivery room. I didn't even know what to do. I was acting
like a 5 yr old at Christmas.
When the 3 of us
finally got it in place (MAN that thing is heavy) I stood back and marveled at
it. The workmanship is superb. The welds are beautiful. The paint looks
great. I couldn't wait to get it cured. I loaded the charcoal basket with half
a bag of lump hardwood charcoal and a handful of hickory chunks and then wiped
her down good with peanut oil. Imagine my delight when that temp went to 225
and held it for 6 hours. No leaky smoke from the chambers like my old offset.
I had the vents all the way closed and the chimney half closed. This was
impossible on my old pit. Took constant adjustments and fuel. That charcoal
basket is ingenious and built like a tank.
I know this will
be the last pit I'll ever need. I just can't ask for anything more except a
trailer for it and I wife that will let me hit the BBQ circuit. Trust me, I'm
working on it. I've waited for a Klose pit for years and unlike many pipe
dreams this one not only came true but it blew away my expectations. You do
God's work my friend.
Sorry I didn't
get a chance to meet ya but I'm sure I will someday. I'll be hitting ya up for
some recipes and I'll keep working on a sponsor for you.
My wife asked me,
"You've never had a pit that fancy. Are you sure you know how do use it?"
I smiled and shot
back, "If I bought you a $2 million house would you know how to decorate it?"
POINT MADE! POINT
David and please thank Dana for dealing with my impatient butt.
Proud owner of a
Backyard Chef with a 1/2 inch thick firebox, a 52 inch main chamber, a brass
ball drain valve, a charcoal basket, a pop out package and a big 'o shiny Texas
Longhorn on it. MAN is that fun to say!
Dave, my friend !
weeks ago my dream became true, and my Klose pit arrived here in Germany !
is this pit heavy… 4 folks were necessary to bring it to the trailer, a little
crane helped us to pick´em up.
the journey on the trailer. Folks which saw the pit on the trailer didn´t
believe there eyes !
thought they are in the cinema, and saw a film of Texas…
day I cured the pit, and one day later I had my first Q, a tenderloin. What
should I say, this pit is a dream. Art in metal !
real pit for a real man, everything is solid and heavy.
Every German bbq friend is quite jealous, and my neighbour think I´m nuts… The
pit is nearly heavier than my car…
weekend I did some babybacks, they came out great, they had a real smoke
Sunday I cooed for the birthday of my sister in law. I cooked a pork loin, a
boston butt and several ribs in my pit. Never seen such a smoke ring…
think I will have more catering jobs in the future. Dave, your pit is fantastic,
I´m so proud to be one of the few German Klose pit owners.
Dave, I´ve attached a few pics of my Q´s and of the new home of the pit. The
pics with the hills in the background was taken in my backyard.
Please say also greetings to Dana. Had great support and service all the time !
Currently I´m thinking to go to Rodeo cookoff 2010 again…
sure I´ll contact you, when this will get true. Many greetings from Germany
Hi there! i just had one of my best food experiences...
i had the pleasure to meet a guy in umeå sweden that
owned one of your fantastic bbq stations...
it was actually the best grilled/smoked meet i ever
now i want to see if it's possible for me to buy one of
your fantastic creations...
all the best and a great thank you!!!
Hi Dave, you may not remember me but you were out here in Washington for Ricks
bbq in May of this year. I am the professional firefighter with the broken arm
and taking a lot of pictures. Either way it was a pleasure to meet you and gain
some of your knowledge. I did however also want to thank you, we have just
received our order of your poultry, pork and rib, and brisket rubs. I have so
far only tried the brisket rub. I sprinkled a little on a tri tip roast and
cooked that up real quick, and of course without a doubt, that was by far the
BEST tasting tri tip I have ever had.
Your rub was so complex and had so many different
flavors that hit you one after another. AMAZING. I look forward to sharing
these with my friends when I cook for them and know that I will be ordering some
more soon. Again thanks for everything!!!
Brad Chaney Jr. South King Fire and Rescue
I want to come work for you. You are the ultimate in
You and your staff really treat people in a way that is
not common anymore.
I really appreciate your help and will continue to
support your business.
I just love the first mobile bar-b-q on the page. I look at your cd and I was
so impressed and I couldn't make up my mind, which one I like the best they are
all fantastic. now I will work out a budget to buy one, I have got to have
THE BEST I HAVE
BAR NON. Thank you for the recipes I bought a brisket and follow your recipe
and kick it up a notch Northa's way and it was just wonderful and tender we had
it for dinner today. I am so please I talk with you you seam like a very nice
person and down to earth. I took your advise and jacked up the price of a rack
of ribs to $40.00 and a gentleman call and ask for 20 for next saturday for a
party and 20 chicken $15.00ea 8 sweet potato pies and 8 special pound cakes the
deserts I created my own recipes and they are a hit, I make potato salad like my
mom and cole slaw also. I am going to do a new menu with the picture of bar b-q
on one side. I don't have a lot of money, but I am saving for one of your
grills because what I am working now only holds 3 racks at a time so you can
imagine how long it takes me to smoke 20 racks of ribs and then smoke 20
chickens , way tooooo long. well it's 10:30pm here and I have to get up early
and smoke., so I'll close and I will keep in touch.
Always Your Friend,
Dave, Just took possession of the 20x36 square that I've nicknamed Ezmerela (for
now) and ... I LIKE IT!
The materials are impressively substantial, and the
workmanship very good -- something especially appreciated by someone who grew up
in Steel Country. Unfortunately, I am on a deadline and have to work through the
weekend, but I'm hoping to have her seasoned and maybe get to some ribs and / or
chicken by Monday afternoon.
Hope you and all your employees have a good Memorial Day
weekend - raise a glass in honor of those deeds. Take care,
Jeff Cox in Pennsylvania
5-18-09 Dear Mr. Klose,
I received my 20x50 BYC last week and I'm still in shock at
the craftsmanship of this pit. I knew it would special but, I was not ready for
this level of finish. Please thank the fabricator of this pit for the time and
effort spent on making my pit perfect. Also, please thank the painters for there
effort, not one scratch on this pit. Lastly, thanks for the time you spent with
me to insure I got the right pit for me and thanks to Dana who put up with me
through ten months of lay away.
I cured the pit over the weekend and was amazed at the ease
in which I could control the temperature just slide the vent on the fire box
wait 10 minutes and steady as a rock. WOW!!!
Thank-You BBQ Pits By Klose,
Paul Giordano Proud Owner Of A Klose BYC
hey dave, i just got my conformation on judging Memphis
in May 2009 on fri 15th & maybe sat..
i would like to meet & talk a while, i am loving my
family reunion pit . thanks phil wingo [firstname.lastname@example.org]
David, Thought I would send you a note to say how much I
like my 20x36 smoker and to thank you and your staff for making such a quality
product. I've had my BYS for over a year now and haven't used my other pit since
I received this one from you. Your staff was very helpful and went out of their
way to answer my many questions when I placed my order. Thanks to all of you!
Mike Taylor-Shoreline, WA
4-10-09 "Hey Dave, I really thank you for the badest BBQ pit
anyone could ever ask for. We had a GREAT TIME. Thanks for the hospitality. You
are a great host. Rosie will be cooking at MIM for sure Only eight weeks old and
already in a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ COOKING CONTEST. This says alot about the
builder. Look real forward to seeing you again. You'll always be on the top of
my friends list. Thanks again for the HOSPITALITY. Tell Dana and the rest of the
crew hello and thanks for me. They were wonderful too ! I'll be in touch before
MIM. Only four weeks away. YEE HAW !!!!!
What a BEAUTIFUL
BABY. I'm coming to Texas !!! OH HELL YEA !! Rosie sure is beautiful. I still
can't believe she's mine. Dang Good work. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. Thank
you so much David. Ya'll do Some Fine Work. See ya real soon. Steve
I want you to know, I won't be able to sleep now, until I hook her up to my new
Truck. Gotta wash that truck now.
wanted to give you a big Thank You for calling me and also for sending me all
the information, pictures, and especially the recipes. I GREATLY APPRECIATE IT.
I can't tell you how many places, towns, web sites, ads, and newspaper articles
on custom pits for sale and or rent. I gotta tell you so far you are the only
one that truly took the time to return an email and call me back and talk to me
like you have known me for some time and I really appreciated that. I can assure
you that I will be doing business with you in the near future as I am looking
for a custom pit that I can haul or pull behind my truck. I am looking for one
that is on double axle and that is big enough to cook enough food to feed
300-500 people, I am thouroghly impressed with all of your designs and am
looking forward to coming up there and looking over your stock and then sitting
down and designing one. Anyway gotta sign off. i'll get back to you soon. HAVE A
GREAT DAY AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK YOU DO.
Thanks for such a great product, I use my Klose BBQ at
least twice a week (its 15 yrs old), but since the arriel of my 7th child, its
time to pass the old on to the #1 son and get me a bigger one.
Chris Wilkins Fair Oaks California
"I was on the All Star BBQ Showdown in 2006 on Versus
Network with all the Big Dogs of BBQ. I had you there on the phone a couple
times to enjoy my ride and praise you like I should. I never BBQed before and
your smoker brought me to a National 2nd Place. I talked to you for awhile until
life just happened in so many different ways. I still want to take you up on
that chuckwagon....Think of you more often over the years. CHEERS"
I wanted to send you some feedback from my experience on the recent purchase of
one of your smokers. I actually bought the smoker as a Christmas gift for my
Dad. He has always talked about having a nice smoker and I thought this would be
a great time as he is getting toward retirement with a little more time on his
hands. I did a lot of research and talked to a lot of guys who know 'bout this
stuff and everything I read and heard pointed to a Klose smoker. My Dad is also
a stickler for quality and fine worksmanship and is definitely only interested
in anything 'Made in the USA' if you know what I mean.
The smoker was delivered last week (I think my Dad probably called ya'll about
once a week for the last several weeks like a giddy kid trying find out when it
was to be delivered). Needless to say, the smoker blew my Dad away and was every
bit the quality that I had hoped it would be. Again, my Dad is a perfectionist
and to see him this pleased speaks volumes about the worksmanship. I don't want
to get too philosophical here, but I begin to wonder anymore if anyone cares
about quality and customer service. It's nice to see you can still find some
places if you look hard enough......
Anyhow, just wanted to say thanks for an awesome smoker that I think my Dad has
a sleeping bag by out on the back porch. He's already got a list together of
'extras' that he's planning on coming by your place to pick up.
I have to say
that the Charcoal Basket you made for me is awesome.
Everything time I
fire that up I just can't believe how well it holds the heat at almost a perfect
225-240 for almost five hours.
questions how well it works just refer them to me!
By the way -- I
ordered 3 of those poultry rubs today. I used that sample pack that came with
the basket and my children ate 3 chicken thighs each -- they are 8/10 and loved
Keep up the good
work. Maybe by next year I'll be able to get a good smoker from you too!
M.S., CRC, CVE
"After about 6 years of owning a BYC I am still awed by the
workmanship, cooking ability, and versatility of this cooker. I actually sold a
couple of my favorite guns and when the buyer left I was on the phone to Dave
before the dust settled in the driveway. Besides doing the old standards like
ribs, brisket, & butts, I smoke plenty of sausage and fish. The ability to
control the heat for cool smoking through hot BBQ'ing and the natural drafting
through the unit makes these smokers a joy to use besides turning out a superior
smoked product. Part of the fun of using this stick burner is starting a wood
fire, getting the whole unit up to temperature and holding those temps,
something that can't be experienced the same way with alternative fuel cookers."
Thanks again David & crew.
01-24-09 08:03:29 AM
I'm starting my own bbq cookoff team name "Texas
Money Pit". We started about 1 1/2 years ago. And the only why we name the
pit "Texas Money Pit" is because everytime we got paid, we'll dump most of
our money in it and the beer to help us build it. When my uncle came home
with a Klose pit. I decided the next pit we get is one of yours. I like how
all the space is taking up and everything is set on the trailers just
perfect. Our pit trailer is alot different, but it looks alright for a
college kid putting it together i guess. Anyways keep up the good work. Oh
yeah the pit yall made for The Boeing Company in San Antonio is awesome. I
bug them everyday when i'm at work to see if I can cook off of it.
01-23-09 Subject: bbq smoker and grill
Thanks for the fine grill you made for me. It was a
Xmas present (belated) for son who is a Chef in Austin & he is really loving
it. Now we just need to see about getting a trailer to haul it around for
next football season and we'll be set for some tailgating, beer drinking and
Carl R Pruett
Thank you for the follow up phone call the other
night...sorry I wasn't around. I just received the CD yesterday, and have
looked at it briefly.
About 10 years ago my wife and I were living out in
Olympia, WA, and I had built a pretty crude BBQ smoker, and had been in
contact with you a few times.
I am really interested in your pits. Once I get a
chance to look more deeply at what you offer, I would love to discuss my
needs. I truly appreciate your customer service and quick replies to
inquiries....It is good to see quality still being made here in the US....I
would gladly travel halfway across the country to buy something hand made
here in the US than go down the street and buy sub-standard stuff from
Plymouth Pond Farm
To the staff at Klose:
First, let me wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving to you and
Second, my wife and I stopped in last weekend. We are from Ft.
Worth and had been in Houston over the weekend to see family. I
had seen your website, and I am in the market for a new smoker,
and I wasn't going to leave town without stopping in.
Upon arrival, I knew at first glance I had chosen the right
place. There are several pit makers here in Dallas/Ft. Worth,
but again looking at your website, I knew that Klose made
We were greeted by Mr. Klose, and after a brief introduction and
us telling him that we were from out of town. He not only took
the time to show us the available models, but showed us his
custom smoker (very impressive), and also took us on a personal
tour of your workshop.
I probably looked like a little kid on Christmas morning during
the tour. I very much appreciate the opportunity to peak behind
the curtain and see inside your shop.
The tour, along with the opportunity to have a few minutes of Q
& A with someone who has made pits for so long was priceless.
Again, sometime in the future I hope to have a custom smoker
made. When that time comes, I plan on coming back to Klose.
I got the royal tour, Mr. Klose you are a true gentleman and
have great products.
Like yourself, BBQ is my passion, I can't tell you how much
I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you sir and the
opportunity to tour your facilities.
Good luck at your new Factory
your moving into this weekend.
To all of your staff: Happy Holiday and thanks so much
Although you have ample
testimonials, I’d like to thank you once again for the
smoker I got from you in
2002. It has survived five New England winters so far and
it has never failed to turn
out fabulous results,
whether I’m just grilling for a few people or smoking pork butt for 50 or
Very few people in these
parts have seen a real smoker
(“What’s that humongous
thing in your backyard?”)
so it always draws strange
looks and derisive humor . . . right up until they taste the food.
Then they love it. I got a chance to try the
charcoal basket this summer and it worked very well. Really cut down on the
number of times I had to tend the fire overnight. Of course, I’m a skeptic,
so I stupidly stayed up pretty much the whole night checking to be sure it
was working properly. With
a mix of
wood, it performed like a champ, keeping the temperature at around
210F, which is just where I wanted it.
And as I and so many others
have said before, your customer service is the best that anyone could ever
Wayne D. Bennett-Bennett
70 Walnut Street/
Wellesley MA 02481
David and gang,
Just wanted to
let you all know what a wonderful cooker this has been, I have had it now
for almost a month and have smoked and grilled everything from steaks,
butts, chickens, turkey and a leg of lamb.
This smoker is
by far the best piece of equipment that I have ever owned. I have included
photos of the smoker in action, as it has been every week since its arrival
to the Carolinas. This weekend we are doing our first “BRISKET” on it, as
well as more butts (can’t have enough butt). So hats off to all involved,
from manufacturing to sales. If there is anything I can do for you, please
don’t hesitate to ask.
thought I’d give you an update on the pit you made for me back about two
years ago. Man…. It is extraordinary. It’s so beautifully built that once I
learned the feel of this particular pit – where its dampers, intake vents
and smokestacks want to be – I realized that it practically does the cook by
itself. The welding is so accurate and the half-inch steel firebox so
efficient that small fires do the trick. All I need to do is put a log in
at the right time, and the temp just sits solid, right there where I want
it. Pretty much foolproof Q, and I’m a fool for sure. I also love using the
main chamber as a roasting oven. I put the ashpan down at the bottom and the
adjustable firegrate where I need it, start with a little lump charcoal, add
wood chunks now and again, and I roast chickens, turkeys, rib roasts, pork
chops, even amazing fruit cobblers that take up a nice smoky flavor. So
again, thank you and thanks to Monty and the welding crew, and of course the
lovely Dana and Michelle. Thank you
Barnet D. Malin
Just wanted to
drop a line and say thank you. Visited your shop last week and placed an
order. I made one mistake, but a good one. I took my wife with me. Got more
options than what " I " wanted. She wanted some of the extras "slide outs,
two full racks, larger wheels, etc.". She doesn't even BBQ, but I wasn't
going to stop her. If I would have gone alone and spent the money, I would
have never heard the end of it. Any way, came out of there with a $1700 pit.
Can't wait for the call that it is ready.
Thanks again,Fred Garza
I love your smoker. Though located a few miles east of
Minneapolis, MN, I used it often this winter. The charcoal box is a must.
I raid my woodpile of logs; spilt them to 3-4" in diameter, and then use a
table saw to cut into 3-4" lengths.
It takes me 1/2 hour to be assured of an exact temp. Your smoker maintains
the temp for at least 3 hours in harsh winter. I then easily pour more oak
chunks into the top every 3-4 hours without ever removing the heavy charcoal
box. Because it is so easy and quick to add more oak chunks, the temp does
Great design. Great quality. If all USA companies were this good, I would
be more proud of our country.
thanks, Dan Walth
Hey Dave and
My pit arrived 6.27.08 and I have one word, AWESOME! I can not get over the
craftsmanship that was put into my pit. It is well worth the wait. And the
men who delivered the pit took care in getting out of their truck. It wasn't
I remember looking for years at Pits By Klose on the internet and wished I
could own one of your pits.I can truly say, I'm a proud owner of a Pit By
My wife even gave it a name as it was coming off the truck. She calls it
Furn. Short for furniture that she wants soooooo badly. Guess I'll have to
start catering real fast so I can buy her some.
I Cured the pit
the following day and did a small cook on Sunday. Then came the Fourth of
July. I did 60 pounds of pork and 25 racks of baby backs. Again AWESOME! I
The temperature stayed at 250 degree for the longest time using one chimney
of lump and two apple logs. We wife was the first to try the pork after it
came of the pit. "Oh my God....this is the best you ever made", she said and
a lot of people agreed with her. I used the same meat I have been buying for
years, the same rubs and injection as well. The only thing I could figure
was the pit. I looking forward to many a cooks with this pit and I'll be
sending you pictures from time to time.
Dave, thanks again for a well crafted pit. It has been a pleasure talking
Dana, thanks to you for keeping me informed on the Pit as it was being built
and its delivery. Is my New York accent really that deep?!?! :)
BBQ Bob Pepitone
Dave, It will be one year this month since I came to Houston and picked up
my Smoker. I probably have cooked enough meats in that year to buy two
more. :) I didn't
know just how much enjoyment this purchase would bring me in just a year. I
have cooked just about every thing I could get my hands on around here. And
from the very first cook, it was a whole new world for me. Maintaining a
good temperature was no problem and gets even easier with each cook.
the meats turn out great each and every time.
Thinking back before I found your site, I looked at a lot of sites Dave and
even contacted several of them. All were eager to help me until I told them
I wouldn't be able to buy for at least a year maybe two. Their response was
about the same, call us when your ready to make a purchase. When I first
contacted you Dave, I told you this as well, And knowing I couldn't buy one
right away. You still stayed in contact with me for two years sharing
stories and photos. I never once felt I was talking to a salesman. More
like a friend and even part of the family all the while we stayed in touch.
Only when I brought up the Pit would you start telling me about all the
features. I felt like I was top priority every time we spoke.
am very happy with my smoker and have decided I will never part with it. I
named her Annie in memory of my mother.
So I will be completely
happy when I can add me an open face big Wheel Grill.
Will always and forever consider you a friend. Thanks
Your company has been a pleasure doing business with. It has
been a wonderful personal experience.
You have the nicest staff. I even had the pleasure of speaking to the owner,
it was like we were next door neighbors.
Though before I forget, thank you for the prayers you sent to my husband, it
really meant a lot to the both of us.
My husband is very pleased with his purchase, and for the
first time I am just as happy as he is.
Thanks for the
follow up email. I did get the CD with all the information, and I have to say
wow, was I IMPRESSED. It was very comprehensive and contains all the info anyone
would ever need to make a decision on a pit. I am personally interested in the
backyard chef model. As soon as I get ready to purchase, you will be the one who
I buy from. (Gotta save a few more pennies first) Again, thanks for the cd and
follow up email. Needless to say you handle your business well, and others could
take a lesson from the way you do your business. Again thanks for the cd, and I
will be purchasing soon
Painting Coordinator CVON North
NACE Certified Coatings Inspector #5475
Posted by Kevin T on December 04, 2007 at 07:05:34:
It's been well documented here and on other boards how happy I am with my new
pit (Ultimate 30"x8') but I really found out this past weekend how good this pit
really is. I did a case of butts for some customers for Christmas on Friday
night into Saturday. It was 29 when I started and it went down to 19. That pit
ran between 220 and 280 all night long with minimal effort on my part. One log
every 1:10 and that was it. Switched to the basket about 5 hours from finish and
that was about it. As this pit continues to tighten up the more and more I love
it. Best money I ever spent!!!!!!
Chef Craig on October 28, 2007 at 17:29:11:
For all the backyard warriors. After spending what seems
like eternity cooking on homemade kettles, holes in the ground. I got my first
I can't wait to cook more food! It really cooks like a expert and the quality of
my product has risen, considerably. Thanks Dave!
Its a hawg man! Triple axel etc.. 8900#
Cooks for 2000! I am the new king of BBQ in town.
All you guys should know, its much easier and worry free
when you have a #1000 of meat cooking evenly and come out perfect. He he.
We called it Ribslayer XXX
Cheers good buddies!
7-31-07 I JUST BOUGHT
A USED 48 INCH SMOKER. I HAVE NEVER GIVEN A TESTIMONIAL ABOUT ANY ITEM I HAVE
PURCHASED IN THE PAST, BUT I FEEL COMPELLED TO DO SO HERE. I AM A VERY NOVICE
SMOKER, BUT WAS GIVEN ADVISE BY MIKE Z. IN MICHIGAN ABOUT KEEPING TEMPS RIGHT.
WITH MY 2 PREVIOUS
SMOKERS MY RIBS WERE NOT GOOD AT ALL—THEY WERE WORSE THEN ME COOKING ON THE
GRILL. 1 TRY WITH YOUR SMOKER, AND I AM ON MY WAY TO RIB HEAVEN!! WHILE NOT
PERFECT, THIS WAS THE FIRST COOKER THAT EVEN MADE A SMOKE RING!! THEY WERE FALL
OFF THE BONE, AND I AM SO PLEASED THAT I HAVE FRIENDS COMMIN OUT FOR MY FIRST
SMOKEOUT. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bobby on July 26, 2007 at 19:10:16:
I drove 658.7 miles one way to pick up my new baby. It was love at first
site. Then I started looking closer and closer, paying attention to every little
detail. It is indeed a work of art.
Let tell you about the folks at Klose Pits. Dave first of all spent 2 years at
least talking to me. He knew upfront that I couldn't buy a Pit right away. Money
is always very tight with kids running around. I wanted to learn about them so I
could choose the right pit for my needs. Dave went above and beyond what I
waould have expected from anyone. From the start treated as if we were lifelong
friends. Answered every question with details. And now not only do I have a
beautiful Custom Pit I have a Good friend.
Dana, on the day I was picking up my pit, she was waiting on the plaque to be
made. She was working around a very tight schedule that I had to follow. Dana
and Michelle treated like a member of the family from the minute I arrived.
Paying attention to my every need. All the guys out there working hard and you
could tell the detail they were paying to there work. It was an awesome thing to
see. I was pulling it home with my ford ranger. I was concerned about the weight
etc. gas usage and how it was going to pull in general. Dave helped me with
every option and the Chrome nugget wheels with the wider track tires were the
ticket when it came to pulling. I have seen trailers bounce all over the road.
Not with this one. It was one of the smmothest rides I have ever taken. It
handled so well I was able to relax a little. No wind drag on this puppy at all.
I actually used a little less gas coming home with the pit in tow, than I used
going to Houston. I couldn't be more pleased with the way it handled. Every
thing Dave had told me was accurate and exceeded my own expectations. I will be
curing the Pit on Friday evening. Cooking starts as soon as I get her ready.
Thank You Dave,Dana,Michelle and all the staff. I have never been treated with
so much kindness and respect. They all made me and my needs the center of
attention. You don't find that kind of caring often. YOU GUYS ROCK. Bobby from
my Backyard Chef (20x52 main chamber 20x20 upright)for over a year now and send
this report. My brisket has been compared to Rudy's out of San Antonio and my
ribs compared to Famous Dave's in Colombia Maryland. Folks are lining up to buy
brisket, pulled pork, beef and pork ribs from me. Everyone is in awe of my BYC.
I've had numerous compliments on the welding as being top notch. I've been
encouraged to start my own BBQ takeout or Concession trailer. I'm starting to do
so much smoking, I regret not getting a bigger one. Thanks for a great pit. Pics
are attached for your use.
Posted by Kevin T on May 07, 2007 at 07:25:28:
Huge thanks to Dave, Dana, and Monty for a great time and a super great pit.
Words alone cannot describe how nice this pit is. Man...you guys do tremendous
work and I'm proud to own TWO of these gems now(although the wife might think
otherwise). The whole trip home(25hours) there were people in my blind spots
eyeballing my pit and giving thumbs up as they rode by.
We went to Burn's BBQ which was great!! We got a tour of the pit and prep
area. Talk about taking a step back into BBQ tradition...awesome!!
Thanks to Dave for the hospitality he offered and the great time. To get to
spend 2 days with a living legend is truly great. The adult beverages and BS
were free flowing and plentiful...especially the BS. (grin) Thanks to Dana for
making sure everything was dotted crossed and for the Patron. Monty has such a
handle on these pits and you can tell he's been doing this for a while.
Again...huge thanks to everyone at Klose BBBQ Pits for a super great time and
an ever better pit. It barely fit in the garage with 4" clearance front to back
and 1/2" at the top of the stacks...cranked all the way down. It was close and I
was a little nervous.
Beverly & Larry Doolittle-Dave
and company -
I received my new 20"x48" pit the other day and I am very impressed with
the construction - someone obviously knows how to weld. It arrived in
without a scratch - hats off to your shipper. I've been especially pleased
with the folks I spoken with on the phone - all were knowledgeable and
friendly. I'm sure looking forward to being able to do more than a brisket
and a shoulder on the smoker I have now. I told my wife that we've just
moved from a smoker to a real bbq pit.
Posted on February
26, 2007 at 13:54:33:
Well, here's a photo of Lefty Lou in her new home. Fired her up this weekend
and did three whole chickens in the vertical and two nice 'n' big (9 lb) pork
butts in the main chamber. Pulled pork was simply incredible... had 11 people
over the next day and they all went nuts (made some vinegar based cole slaw,
Carolina style sauce, black beans and grilled sweet potatoes, too). The chicken
came out fine, but learning how to use the vertical will be a challenge. The
thermometer was busted during shipment and I'm waiting on a new one... even so I
measured temps in there and they varied wildly between the three pullout
shelves. I'll need to mess with the vertical intake damper and exhaust damper,
as well as the four connecting pipes. But I'll figure it out...
Thank you thank you thank you to everyone at Klose who put up with me over
all this time and made this thing happen. Thanks Dana, Michelle, and Monty and
Dave and all the guys at the factory. The craftsmanship is extraordinary, and I
am really a happy guy here in SoCal.
Posted on February 21,
2007 at 14:49:17: R J Guzik
Dana- I just wanted to thank you again for all your help and putting up with
me throughout my pit ordering/building/shipping process. It was here by 10am
Friday and I was started seasoning by 11:30(took a few minutes to get up on the
deck) I got it going 10pm Saturday and cooked a few pork shoulders and a brisket
for my Daytona 500 party Sunday. This thing is even easier to cook on than my
last pit. Everyone was very impressed with the results and everything went
really smooth. Thanks again!!!
on January 07, 2007 at 00:32:46:
Hello All, I wanted to share some photos of my Klose Smoker
with you folks. I bought Dave’s 30"X8' Smoker last winter and
have completed about 90% of the work on my Competition Trailer.
My Cook Team is the, "Big Bad Wolf BBQ Team", and we operate out
of Auburn, Alabama.
While there are a good many things I would do differently if
I did this again, I am proud of the work done and have taken 1st
Place in Chicken in the 2nd Competition we entered. The Smoker
cooks great and has been put to the task many times already. The
Team will be in 7 KCBS Competitions this year.
Dave and his crew were exceptional folks to work with. He
delivered in excess of what he committed to and was simply way
to cool to work with. Thanks Dave for building me the foundation
for a Competition Trailer that is providing a fine group of guys
a truly great time!!!
Best regards, Bill...
Posted by Dick Marshall on December
Our beautiful new 20 x 42 backyard smoker arrived yesterday in
perfect condition. The shippers you selected obviously took
very nice care of it. Today I painted everything inside and out
with peanut oil and hope to do the inaugural seasoning burn on
Friday. Then comes the more difficult part - convincing people
that I know how to cook when I really don't. My wife and I plan
to do some private experimentation before doing any hosting, but
at least with this impressive smoker we will look like pros!
I especially want to compliment you and your people on the fine
workmanship in your product. The design and execution are both
outstanding. When, hopefully a long time from now, our estate
has to be settled, the kids may not care too much about the
house, but I'll bet there is going to be an awful fight over the
Klose smoker! Maybe at that time I'll try to send the winner my
newest recipe for "The Brisket from Hell".
Say Hi to everyone there for me,
Posted by AJG on November 30, 2006 at 23:08:45:
posted by jake on
November 30, 2006 at 20:09:36:
I purchased this unit in early summer of this year and love
it. It serves both smoking and grilling needs. It has twin
stacks and a baffle between the firebox and the chamber which
gives you excellent control of your fire and temp. I live in
cold Nebraska, and followed Dave's advice and got the 1/2 inch
firebox. I also bought the charcoal burner. I have also called
back to Houston several times with questions, and received great
service. I am very happy with this model and the company.
Posted by coug on November 24, 2006 at 14:06:30:
Just my own experience. I live in the N. Rockies so not as
cold as you, but it can still get pretty chilly. I started with
a weber bullet, but had to cover it with 2 blankets to hold temp
in winter. Then went to a Brinkman cimmeron, only took one
blanket this time. Then I bought a Klose with a 1/2" firebox a
few years ago. No blankets and it holds temps perfectly. Even
cooked through a storm a few years ago when we had two feet of
snow in 24h, temps were dead on. Mine's 36" long and I have fed
15 or so people. As always, wish I had bought a bigger one, and
I wish I had bought the Klose in the first place. One thing to
think about is that the suckers are heavy, so mine sits outside
all year. No rust (unlike the Brinkman), just spray it with PAM
every spring and fire it up. Don't think I can post pictures to
the site, otherwise I could show you the pit in action.
Posted by Steve on November 22, 2006 at 22:13:06:
Just in time for Thanksgiving... 3 briskets, 2 turkeys, and 2
racks of ribs on my new Master Chef. The best smoker that you
Posted by Q Dude on November 12, 2006 at 21:16:28:
I received my new 20x60 grill chef on Friday. It's one big
SOB. Because of my rural home I had to drive into town to meet
the delivery man. When he put that pit on my trailer it made
sounds I have never heard it make before. That was a long ride
home. Anyone that is thinking of ordering a Klose should do it
and consider it $ well spent. The service is prime the product
is superior and delivery was a breeze. Thank you Dave and Dana.
I look forward to doing business again soon. The smoker is doing
exactly what it's supposed to. After I oiled her down I filled
up the charcoal box with briquettes and some hickory chunks and
watched her come up to 225 Deg. and stay that way for about 4.5
hours. It probably would have stayed at Temp. longer if it
wasn't for sloppy coal stacking and the hickory chunks. I built
another fire in it tonight with less charcoal and more hickory
and am about to throw on a 25oz. Ribeye.
For the guys that have ordered pits and are waiting the only
thing you need to worry about is the wait. It takes no longer
than Dana says it will. I will try to get some pics. to you
Posted by Matt in NYC on October 08, 2006 at 20:37:43:
Just finished off another weekend of cooking on the BYC and
am already planning the next excuse to get some time to fire it
Rain, snow, wind or calm, the thing cooks better and better
every time I use it, and I've yet to think of anything it
couldn't do. It's so efficient on fuel, and building and
maintaining a clean fire and coal bed is just too easy. Family,
friends and clients always rave about the food cooked on the BYC.
Bbq cookers always say it's the cook, and not the cooker, but
I firmly believe that having the BYC is a big leg up. Thanks,
Dave and crew!
on October 07, 2006 at 19:46:56:
Just received my new deluxe grill chef - delivered by Dave
Klose himself. This thing is beautiful and Dave is a real treat
to visit with. Grill is seasoning right now. I'll be direct
grilling some filet mignon in about an hour. Thanks Dave! Klose
grills are the only way to go.
Posted by Dave H on October 02, 2006 at 06:16:49:
Well, Kevin T and I just did another cook-off . This one, in
Western NY .We took 4th this time (first in pork!) I cannot tell
you, just how many people come by just to ogle the Klose Pit and
drool. Many know the reputation and have not seen one. Many
others just recognize quality and tell me what a well made pit
it appears to be. I've been cooking on this mobile for two
seasons now and cannot say a bad thing about it! Maybe in
another year ,I'll upgrade to a 30" or larger tube. Just wanted
to tell you about all the interest in Klose pits up here in the
Midwest Dave. Dave "Woodman" Hutson
September 30, 2006 7:43 PM
Klose provided me and my family the
highest level of customer service. Even though I was buying a
Dave and his crew treated us as if
we were getting a top end mobile. They made the the whole
experience worth the trip
to pick up my 20x42.
next smoker will be a bigger pit by
Thanks for the experience Dave!
Posted by BigJim on November 29, 2005
I just took possession on my new deluxe smoker about an hour ago. I
have been around welders most of my life and I must say it is a true work
of art!!! The craftsmanship that went into it far exceeded my
expectations! Aside from the hernia I received moving it into it's final
resting spot, I am the happiest man in Minnesota! I'm pretty sure the
delivery man will be placing his order soon as we both stood around and
marveled at it for quite some time! My hat is off to Dave and the rest of
the gang!!! You're all to be commended on a job well done!!!
I've got Crown on the rocks in one hand, and a lighter in the other.
I'm off to season this sucker and get some Q a cookin'! Ain't no snow
gonna slow me down today!!!
Everyone I read types on how there Klose pit cooks. Mines over
10 years old and were still amazed on how it still holds the smoke and
cooks Hell it even still looks great. The only shortfall its not long
enough (the pit) or I think I would be buried in it. Some of the best
times of my life have been near that pit watching my daughter and her
friends playing in the backyard or having family and friends over for good
BBQ and cold cold beer. When my dog sees me getting ready to cook on the
pit I have the happiest dog in Texas. So as can see me and my Klose pit
have a special bond and I hope you can develop a relationship with your
Klose like I have with mine. Thanks and enjoy
Finally got our New Master
Chef with 54" main chamber into the backyard. It is not just a pit but a
work of art. As Emeril says you can look at it and feel the love. The
attention to detail is fantastic and the welds would pass any inspection
known to man. Coated it with peanut oil and followed your directions and
cured Woodrow for 8 hrs. Also want to thank Dana and Monty for all their
help. Dana was always helpful and followed through from start to the time
Woodrow was delivered. Fantastic customer service. If anyone wants to talk
to one of your customers please don't hesitate to have them give us a call.
Probably the best compliment
so far has come from my 77 year old mother in-law. When she saw Woodrow she
couldn't believe it. All she could talk about was the great workmanship and
how well it was made. She wanted to she every part of the pit. Mom then
calls my wife and tells her how great it is and how we really got our monies
worth. Now that's a compliment. Attached our three pictures of Woodrow in
his new home.
Thanks Again Dave,
& Sally Kerby
Posted by BigJim on October 13, 2005 at 09:51:44:
Following all of the great comments I've read here and elsewhere, I
e-mailed Dave with some additional questions. Not only did I get a prompt
reply, but I got a personal phone call from Dave and a follow-up CD-ROM. This
is far and away some of the best customer service and PR I have ever
About 2 weeks ago, I placed my order for a 20 X 36 deluxe smoker with the
1/2" firebox and a couple of accessories. I now feel like I'm 7 years old and
impatiently awaiting the delivery of my new baby (Christmas present). I have
all but lost interest in using my Webers and cannot wait to throw my first
butt on the new Klose! The wait reminds me a lot of those 12 hours waiting to
taste a brisket, only it's several weeks longer. :-(
Dave and the rest of the gang at Klose are truly remarkable. I'd recommend
doing business with them to anyone who asks! I have no doubt the quality of
their products is equally as incredible as their service!
Posted on October 01,
2005 at 18:53:39: j. French
Had many folks over today to share in my butts, ribs, chicken, and brisket.
Everyone loved the meat. I have been trying to cook with wood for many years
with no success until today. I cannot tell you how much meat I have ruined in
the past. today all of my meat had that dark color which I have stived to
achieve but the meat was not bitter. Three people told me that the q was
better than any they have ever had. I did not use any charcol only wood. For
any of you who are trying to decide if you want one of these grill chefs, let
me tell you, you definitely want one of these. I know people say that the pit
makes no difference but I have never been able to cook entirely with wood and
have a good piece of meat until today. Dave thanks for your help in picking
out my pit Bocephas. Not newbq anymore
Posted by Big Bob on September 01, 2005 at 15:13:56:
Just received my 48" BYC after 11 weeks, but it was well
worth the wait. I have to tell you it is nicer than I expected. Living in MI I
have never seen a Klose pit in person only on the web and the web doesn't even
come close to doing it justice. This thing is absolutely beautiful and built
like a tank. The quality and workmanship are top shelf. I'm replacing a
Brinkman which is fine to get started on, but there is no comparison btw the
two. It's like comparing a Ugo to a Rolls Royce. Got some seasoning to do now,
thanks Dave for building a great pit.
It came on a large moving truck with a lift gate and was
wrapped in a moving blanket which kept it in perfect shape. Two guys took it
off the truck and pushed it up my driveway to my garage door. I know it takes
time, but again it is well worth the wait.
David, I wanted to let you know that we made the trip home (San Antonio) and
got the pit placed in the backyard and immediately cured it and put it to
work. Had to roll it through the ball room over wooden floors. (wife wasn't
happy about that) Sent her out with friends to happy hour on the river walk
for margaritas! Plywood covering helped but oh did that wooden floor moan as
we rolled 1300 lbs. over her back.
I've been working with a variety of custom home- built pits over the years,
but have never seen a pit that was so easy to control and balance the heat
throughout the night as your smoker. The elevator grill on the side is a nice
convenience too. The feature that my buddies are salivating over is that
charcoal box. It makes baby sitting an all night fire a breeze.
Since I set up and cured the pit (Aug 9), I've smoked 3 briskets, 4
chickens, 7 racks of baby back ribs, grilled some bacon wrapped shrimp,
several lbs. of fajitas, cooked a few hamburgers and hot dogs, and dry smoked
several rings of sausage. This weekend, I'll probably smoke a turkey and
grill a few steaks. (That smoke you see coming into Houston from the West
side of town is coming from my pit in San Antonio).
Anyway, I'll probably see you at the San Antonio Stockshow Barbecue in
January as I intend to compete this year. Dave, you make great barbecue
pits.... Thanks again !!!
Give my regards to Monty and Dana. They were great help in demonstrating all
of the features on the pit and in getting us loaded up and ready to go.
Posted by Air Force Guy on August 18, 2005 at 17:57:08:
Hey Dave I wanted to say thanks for my new 20x52 Grill Chef, it works better
than any smoker I've owned, the temp control is awesome, I can load it up with
fuel and maintain 225-250 temps for 7-8 hours easy...If any of you guys is
hesitant about spending 2K-3K for a backyard smoker, I'm telling you it's worth
it, even the wife was impressed with the amount of steel used to build it, and
best of all I have been making some of the best bbq of my life, and it's EASY!
Posted on August 17,
2005 at 08:16:43:
Picked up new BYC few weeks ago. What a fantastic piece of equipment. Had
previously been using a smaller offset for about 10 years. I have used the BYC
the past 2 weekends (ribs, brisket, shoulder, chicken and links) and one of the
best things that I have noticed is no temp. spikes. I know that common thought
is the pit does not make the Q, but the flavor and quality has been far superior
to any that I was ever able to achieve before. Also much easier to control temp
with just slight adjustments to the damper on the fire box. The sliding pullouts
are great. If anyone is thinking about investing in one of these, I'd say go for
Dave - I just wanted
to let you know that I have had my new Grill Chef Smoker/Grill since mid April
'05 and I tell you - I cannot be more pleased...I would have written sooner, but
I have been too busy playing with my new toy! I have really put it to good
use...but then anytime one BBQ's - it is always good! I have done spare ribs,
baby back ribs, Pork Butt's, Brisket (by the way - it was the first time I tried
smoking a brisket and man was it great!), smoked 3 more the following weekend
just to be smokin! I have also done boneless/skinless chicken thighs and of
course, the usual quick burgers and steaks - oh, did I mention fajitas?
I researched many
pits for 6-8 month's, reading testimonials and what not before I decided on a
Klose, even took a trip down to your factory to see first hand what all the talk
was about (Monty was a great help)...boy, am I ever glad I did! All my friends
are jealous and want one really bad! They just cannot convince their wives! It
is true what they say "you get what you pay for"...and I mean to tell you the
quality of this pit is outstanding! I have friends who are welders by trade and
they told me I have a solidly built pit and that you cut no corners! I know
everyone who Q's whether it be recreational or for business knows the value of
being able to regulate the temps properly...not a problem with a Klose....and I
was skeptical at first. To be able to change the temp promptly is a blessing. I
also opted for the charcoal basket and that thing works wonders...I can get an 8
hour burn out of one fill and temp never gets too low! I love it! I have
been seriously considering starting a BBQ catering business and you can bet when
the time comes to invest in a catering rig...I'll head back to Houston to place
The thing I am most
happy about is that I did not waste any of my hard earned money trying other
pits...just went for the best right out of the gate.....Glad I did.
Happy BBQ to all out
there...soon the temps will be ideal for cooking.....what am I talking about -
here in Texas - every day is ideal for cooking!!!
SC Red Team - West
Posted on March 01, 2005 at 15:59:00:
Dave, I just wanted to tell you that Joey and I fired up Big Boy this last
weekend for the first time. We cooked 500# of pork shoulders, 1 venison ham, 1
brisket and a couple of quail. The pork was for a local boy scout troop that was
raising money for a boy with lukemia. The rest of the food was for the workers.
The pork that came off of Big Boy was the juicest meat we have ever seen (alot
of gas BBQ pits in this area). They thaught it would only take about 8 hours to
cook, but I advised them we should shoot for 12. Good thing we did because they
came off between 10 and 12 hours. We recieved alot of compliments on the pit
also. Just to let everyone know Big Boy is a 10' x 42" with gas assist and
insulated firebox with 2'x 4' slide out grill and 2 burners. Next cook coming up
on March 19. We will be doing a bunch of briskets for the lodge. Thanks again to
you, Monty and Joyce for everything you did for us.
Danny, Congratulations on your new toy. Inquiring minds want to know
-What factors led you to the Klose pit you chose. Understanding
that Dave makes what is probably the best line of pits available,
what led you to this specific unit? Thanks! Glenn Manning
The reason I chose the Backyard Chef is simple. It was the
process of elimination. Felt that the Owner Recommended was
probably plenty large of me, but started putting the pencil on
the difference in price vs. the size and features of the unit,
and the life of the pit (forever). Just couldn't see letting two
or three hundred dollars make a difference in something that will
last me the rest of my life, and has the size to Q
"any" kind of backyard party I may ever want to do.
Love the vertical section on the pit for that really slow deep
smoking of sausage, fish, etc, plus the fact that it can be used
as a sort of hot smoker also. So simply stated, I feel that the
Backyard Chef is the best pit for the money for a home user. It's
kinda funny...I made the choice in just a couple of minutes. My
mind just went to it. On the other side of the coin, for the boys
that are just starting out and can't afford a pit of this
caliber, there is certainly nothing wrong with the smaller and
less expensive pits that David makes. Would be proud to own any
of them if I couldn't afford the one I am getting. The man makes
one fine piece of equipment. After seeing the quality and
workmanship of Rocks, I was more than impressed with David's
work. It's such a delight to see good American workmanship again.
From: Danny/Carolyn Gaulden DGaulden@carlsbadnm.com
Subject: Klose Pit Report
Have done a couple of cookings on my Backyard Chef, and would
like to share my feelings about it with you. It is one fine pit
(and charbroiler to my surprise!) First of all it looks like a
super work of art to a "Q Nut", like myself. Really
like that. But beauty is only skin deep and doesn't have a dang
thing to do with Q-ing, so let's get down to the facts. User
Friendly...boy is it, and I really like that. All doors close
tightly and have "cool handles" on them to keep your
little pinkies from getting burned. Large doors for loading and
unloading various meats cuts (great feature...hate small
inconvenient doors), easy removable cooking racks, huge fire box
door for replenishing wood (really like that), slide out grates
in fire box to let you adjust the "fire to meat" level
when charbroiling steaks in firebox, or the distance of the wood
from the ash pan when slow smoking, and a drain plug for excesses
grease build up in main smoking chamber. Great first class wheels
for moving around. This 1000 lb. pit moves around on the patio as
if you were pushing a baby stroller. Great damper and a joy to
work, along with convenient let-down work table, shelf under pit
for wood holding, and large easy to read first class accurate
How it cooks...fantastic is the only word to describe it. Very
even and effortless. To me, one of the biggest advantage in good
Q-ing is being able to maintain the correct fire and temperature.
This pit is the best I've ever seen for this, including my
$20,000 rig at the store. Once you have built a fire in Dave's
pit, it is very simple to maintain. If you over fire it, you can
close down the damper (did this for an experiment) and the fire
is practically dead in about 30 seconds...no flames. Open up the damper, and back up the fire comes. Love the flame control. This
means this is a very tight and well made pit. Think it would be
much harder to creosote the meat in this rig than most others.
(One of the things beginners tend to do a lot, and the biggest
enemy to good Q). At 250 degrees, I could lay my hand on the
steel horizontal drum for a couple of seconds! Don't try this with
tender hands...remember my hands are in fire all day long, but
that was impressive. Once this rig heats up, it holds the heat.
My fire was almost dead before I needed more wood, and I had a
hard time getting it going again! My wood is fairly green, which
I like at times, but must get a more seasoned wood to use during
certain periods of cooking with this pit. The efficiency is
unreal. Never really thought much about using this smoker for a
"over the coals" charbroiler, but boy was I wrong. This
it the first pit I've ever owned that allowed me to actually
build a small wood fire with flames, and charbroil steaks over
it. No charcoal, just a burning wood fire. The reason you can do
this is simple, but hard to find in today's rigs. You can drop the
wood and fire down so far in distance from the meat that they
will grill to perfection. Baked some potatoes, grilled some corn
and roasted some great chili all at the same time with my 3
steaks last night. I love to grill steaks over charcoal, but this
Klose pit has ruined me for ever doing that again as long as it
is anywhere near me. What a flavor it impaired into the steaks,
and the chili! Carolyn couldn't believe it, for she has always
loved my steaks the way I have always done them on the Charbroil
CB 940. Not anymore!
Summary...do yourself a favor. If you are serious about your
Q, get yourself a GOOD pit. Whether it be by Klose or another top
notch brand. You spend thousands on cars, trucks, TV sets, air
conditioning, etc. If you are a beginner, you will have a better
chance of producing good Q. If you are more experienced, you will
possibly improve on your already great Q. I know we all love to
buy cheaper pits during our lives...kinda like a kid in a candy
store, and God knows I had my share of' em. But after getting
this one, my attitude has changed. This pit is one of the best,
will last me a life time, and probably my grandchildrens' life
time, and I don't have to go out looking at Walmart pits anymore.
This one is like a good marriage. forever, and the best of the
best.No more searching. Even Carolyn thinks it looks decent for a
BBQ pit! (Have I gone through hell on THAT subject with these
things all over the patio in past years.) Thanks David, for
making such a fine tool for a pit master to work with.
Danny Gaulden http://www.carlsbadnm.com/dgaulden/index.htm
From: Rocky McNeely
Subject: KCBS Trade Show & BBQ Pits
I was able to retrieve enough information to allow me to come
to and the reach the decision (finally) that BBQ Pits by Klose
will get my business. I looked at what was there and just wasn't
impressed. I'm sure that each of the pits represented there was
capable of producing good BBQ, so I'm not putting any of them
down. I just didn't see anything that I thought would stand up to
the elements of Colorado for more than a year or two. i.e. rust
out or burn out. They just weren't designed for the long haul. So
down Houston way I'll go.
What made the decision for me was when Paul Kirk took my wife
and I back to where he stores his pit and gave us the run down on
it. Now, Paul designed his himself, but it was the craftsmanship,
and quality of the materials used to build it that impress me.
There wasn't a jagged edge anywhere to be found. All welds were
done with care, and lacked any slag or splashes around the
joints. Paul swears by his, and I'm sure that I will too.
Any of the rest of you have one of Klose's products? BTW. I
stopped by other pit makers booth's with the hopes of getting a
look at some of the new models, only to be looked at like the RCA
Dog! They had no clue what I was talking about.
From: Rock McNeely
Subject: Re: BBQ Pits
I concur with John here. I too choose to purchase a Klose pit
for my commercial operation. I've looked at the P&S products,
and the two just don't compare. Yes, P&S says that it uses
1/4" cold rolled steel, and they do. But it's what they do
with it that counts. If you could place the two pits next to each
other, you would see, without much effort at all, that the Klose
pit is the better made pit. Hands down. The quality in
workmanship and design are worlds a part. Right down to the
little things. There are little things built in to the Klose pit,
that I'm sure that P&S has never dreamed of! Now this is only
my opinion, mind you, but I eared this opinion by driving from
Colorado springs to KC, just so I could get a first hand look at
the other pits on the market. It was while I was in KC that I was
fortunate enough to see John's pit that was made by Klose. I was
impressed with it enough to fly down to Houston to meet face to
face with Dave Klose, and see why his pits were so dramatically
different than the rest. What I found out was, that he has put
the time, effort, and the necessary resources into learning the
"art" of making a good, quality, pit. It doesn't hurt
that he has excellent people working for him either.
I went with the Klose Pit for many different reason. But what
it comes down to is this. I only have to buy this pit once. I
need a pit that will withstand the elements of Colorado. And I
jus didn't see any of the others doing that. Just my two cents worth
.Hah! I wish that it was only tow
The rocky Mtn. Oinkster!
Colorado Springs, Co
Personally , I'd get the Klose over the other two you
mentioned. I say this because I have a Klose, and I know David,
and the way he builds his pits. They are made to last a lifetime.
Few other manufacturers can say that.
I've cooked on two different Klose pits, and I've seen dozens
of others, and know how they are built. They are all hand made,
with extreme care given to temperature control, etc. That, in a
smoker is very important.
Comments from Bruce G.
Depending on what you are looking to spend, check with the
folks at Klose, I bought one of their units and am thrilled with
it and the results that I am getting. Prices are subjective, and
as always you get what you pay for, with the Klose pits the
quality is some of the best that I have seen and after checking
out the different makers (Oklahoma Joe's, Chuckwagon, New
Braunfels smokers and a lot of others), one visit to Houston and
Klose was shipping one up to me.
Some things to look for are:
Solid Construction in both the pit, the firebox and the
supporting legs. Tight fit on all doors and openings (Hard to
control the temp/fire with a loose fitting firebox door). Fully
welded construction, beware of a unit that you screw the legs on
to, if you have to move a 300 to 800 pound pit, you don't want
the legs to fall off as you are moving it. Easy to clean out fire
box (Klose uses a removable pan), it is a pain to scrape and
shovel out the pit. Drain that can be closed (if it is open, air
will come in that opening and lower the temp of the pit). Stay
cool handles (some use wood, some use a coiled stainless steel
handle), if it is an add on item, choose another pit.
Thermometers come with the unit.
I would look at a bunch of different makes by different
manufactures and see what features you like best, once you find
the one that matches what you want, buy it. watch out for the add
ons, things like additional grates for two tier cooking,
additional cost for Thermometers things like that (Note Klose
includes everything and I asked for a can of touch up paint and
they included that as well). The price on pits is flexible, some
folks will tell you price is as is, a couple of places dropped
the price by about a hundred dollars just to keep me talking.
If you can't tell by now that I am a big fan of Klose, well
reread the above and give them a call, they will do right by you.
Good luck and enjoy what ever you decide to buy.
Subject: New Pit Search
In response to your request about my pit search, I bought a
new house and for the first time had room for a real BBQ pit.
After getting wifely approval, I embarked on my search. My goal
was to get something I could roll in and out of the garage easily
but that was big enough to take to cookoffs or that would let me
cook for a sizable number of people.
I looked all over the net as well as brochures, and stores. I
narrowed it down to the point where I almost bought another model
. I had two main concerns about that model, however. The way the
door's were constructed, you will have some heat lost from around
the door when it's closed and there's no way to prevent it.
Second, the firebox was too small for the main chamber size. I
was preparing to ignore these flaws when a massive dose of common
sense hit me an I decided I had been seduced by the stainless
steel doors on the other pits. I had yet to visit Klose's shop
though I had his catalog. I drove to his place at lunch and two
hours later placed my order.
The A number 1 reason I bought from Klose is the personal
service and willingness to customize the pit. I expressed
concern, for example the main chamber on the mode I was looking
at was too small. The response was, "OK, so we'll lengthen
it or widen it or both, what size do you want? That's service. I
ended up ordering a standard model with a few modifications, the
biggest one being a longer main chamber.
Another significant feature of the Klose pit is a heat baffle
between the main chamber and the upright smoker. Removal of the
baffle will allow cooking in the upright. David doesn't really
plug this feature but I think for caterers it is a Godsend.
I know every pit is custom made to order and they are built
right. That was my search. Good luck with yours.
P.S. -- He also charges a fair price for his work.
From: Ross, John
Subject: BBQ PITS
I think you're talking about Klose pits from Houston, correct?
If so, they have my recommendation. David builds a fine pit.
What you want to do is tell David what you want to cook, and
he'll match that to the smoker that's right for the job. One rule
of thumb, though, is to always buy a bit bigger than you think
you'll need. As sure as hell you'll need the extra space as soon
as your check clears
From: Rock McNeely
Subject: I'm BAAaaaacckkk!!!!!
A big Howdy Ho to one, and all! This is just a not to let you
all know that I'm back home with a brand, spankn' new pit, and
rarin' to go! Tomorrow will be spent cleaning all the road grit
off, ant then taking it down to the DMV for registration. Then I
think that I'll do a few hundred laps around town to show it off.
I think that I'll drive by the local Q shops real slow, just to
let them k now that there's a new boy in town, and he's well
armed! I bare my bald spot to Dave Klose and his gang on building
me an awesome pit. I hope that my cooking abilities will do it
justice over the year.
My Thanks again to Dave Klose
The one thing that you
hear from any Klose pit owner that they like best about their pit is quality of
workmanship. The fit of all the components, attention to detail and quality of
every weld is first rate. Some Klose owners have called their pits works of
Another factor you
always hear Klose pit owners talk about is the thickness of steel that is used
in their pits. We are talking about 1/4", 3/8" and even thicker steel used for
construction. This makes a very heavy pit which will hold a lot of heat, which
makes the regulation of cooking temperature very constant. Klose pits are known
for their ability to hold a constant temperature.
I don't mean to try and
dissuade you from building your own pit, but I have done quite a bit of welding
myself and I planned on building my own pit, too. After pricing all the new
steel that I needed, I found that I would not be saving a huge amount of money.
I decided to spend a little extra money and get a pit from an experienced pit
builder and save a lot of my own time and probably a little frustration.
This pit makes it so
easy to do barbecue that I can't believe it. I made the best ribs and shoulder I've ever
done last week. This is my kind of Lazy-Q
Thanks once again for
all of your hospitality. Wish I didn't have to hurry and leave so soon. Glad
you enjoyed the sauce. I know it is not Texas style, but I like it a lot on
my chicken and ribs. I also use it for my brisket once in awhile.
I have run the rig twice
now with great results. Gas assist and insulated firebox make wood burning a
pleasure. I had no problem at all with sooty over smoked flavor. Of all the
changes in technique and
equipment that I have tried in ten years, moving to a Klose pit has made the
single biggest improvement in my results. Klose will take a credit
card. I'll tell you, it will make things a lot easier and more satisfying.
Even though I have a
good sized mobile Klose pit, I sure wish I had picked one up for the backyard
too! They make for easy log burning. Not only that, but you can continue to dink
around with incremental upgrades, spending tons in the process, or you can just
say, "What the heck," and spend the right amount right off the bat and get the
right tool for the job. My next outdoor cooker will be a Klose pit, the decision
now is "how big."
Again, thanks for the
hospitality--and dagummit, why didn't you try to sell mea backyard unit too! I
will never be satisfied from the results of any of my other cookers again..
Stephen J. O'Connor
I bought a Klose 20" smoker with a horizontal chamber
and a vertical stack. I had chosen this one after many months of trying to
decide between many manufacturer's, and what I actually wanted to have in an
outfit that should last a lifetime. I decided upon the 20" setup style without
the trailer. In addition, I had the firebox extended, had pullout shelves, and
added an extra temp gage. I then had the outfit shipped by Klose to me here in
very rural Louisiana. I must say that the Klose is worth every cent. Thick
steel, with excellent, and I do mean excellent welding. I rubbed the pit down
with peanut oil, and then fired it up with pecan and oak and seasoned it for 48
hours. The next weekend was the big test. About 200 pounds of different meats
were thrown in, including some pork to be done S. Carolina style. The food came
out terrific. All I can say is that we are trying to come up with another excuse
to go to the "big city" of Houston so that we can stop by the Klose joint and
get us one for grilling to replace our Weber grill. Ya done a good job there
The pullout shelves are
a real marvel. The craftsmanship is outstanding throughout the outfit, but I
spent at least 1/2 looking at the way they were being built. Larry Ellis
Posted by Charles F.
In Reply to: Klose vs.
Others posted by Mr. Meat
I am unaware of any
scientific comparisons. Because a Klose is considered the best, most people do
not purchase one as their first pit, or without a lot of thought. Usually the
decision to purchase a Klose is arrived at after going through several lesser
makes and learning the shortcomings of the others in the field. If all Klose
owners knew when they bought their first pit what they know now, they would have
saved their pennies and time and, bought a Klose in the beginning. Now, you can
rely on these Klose owners who willingly share their experiences about the
product, or you can spend years going through the same trials the rest of us
have and miss out on having the joy of owning and cooking on the best. Sooner or
later, you'll come to the same conclusion the rest of us did. Been there, done
that, bought the tee shirt and had my picture taken.
Posted by Brooks Hamm
I currently have a
different pit makers pit and have been catering for about 5 years. I can cook 1
hog (100# dressed) and a few boston butts at the same time. I have totally
outgrown this rig since my catering business has increased in size. It can also
be labor intensive due to the firebox end hotspot.
There is no comparison
to the Klose products that I looked at during a recent visit to the Houston
plant a few weeks ago. They build the best that I have seen, and I have been
looking for a long while. The quality is second to none. I highly recommend to
get the largest rig that you can afford and then go borrow some money the next
size up. The minimum that I would recommend for catering would be the 36" x 8'
with a vertical smoker (also used as a warming box) and the 24" x 48" charcoal
grill on the front. Look seriously at the "Rock's Catering " model, only in
black. They will have to put a flap between the doors to slide a hog in if it is
whole with the backbone split.
I also recommend that
you talk to Klose about your ideas. Just make up your mind about how large you
want your catering business to become. I have made my mind up and will be
ordering my rig soon. Also talk to Joyce, Monty, and Dave at the shop in
Houston. They are the nicest bunch of folks and will take the time to make sure
that you get the best rig for your operation.
Dave, Hey, it's Tman
from the BBQ Forum. Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you that, as you may
know, I have admired your pits from afar for quite some time. Previously I had
only seen pictures in your catalogs and on the internet and heard the many
testimonials of customers. I finally had the chance this weekend to see some of
your handywork in person, and I must say that any admiration I had for them
before was magnified 10 fold seeing one for real. You are to be commended for a
great product and I most definitely will make my pit a Klose when I finally
scrape together the money to purchase one. The pit that I saw was the one that
you made for Dean and Phyllis Bentley & Todd and Teri Rumps of Meridian, Idaho,
just down the freeway from where I live in Boise, They were set up at a
Halloween corn maze outside of town and I had driven by for several weeks seeing
the sign offering BBQ. I assumed that it was only "pretend" BBQ like so many
other places around here until I actually saw the pit parked nearby last Sunday.
Even from the road I would have almost guaranteed myself that it was a Klose
unit. The quality shows, even from a distance. Anyway, thanks for a great
product and we will definintely be doing business some time in the future. See
you on the forum,
Todd & Meg Summers
I really think you
should add another adjective to your pit descriptions. You
should call them "Klose Heirloom Pits". They are definitely the highest
quality work I've ever seen and will be passed down from generation to
generation for a while. My kids are already fighting over mine and I
haven't even got it yet!.
Posted by The Judge
The Judge has been
saving his lunch money and cutting yards to make the bucks to buy a David Klose
20X36. Well, today was the day. I picked up the phone and did it. My NB was easy to sell
as the mods that we have talked about made it a much better cooker than what is
available off the floor. Mine was three years old, and I got $130 for it. The
original price was $200.
If you ever get the
chance to talk to David Klose jump at the opportunity. He is a wealth of
information and has a wit that is amazing. You call up to place an order and
feel like you are talking to your brother. So anyway, in three
weeks, I will start speaking Klose and should quickly have some stories to tell. Hope to see you all at
the Ham Jam soon.
Barbecue Cookers Are
PS: As David says; 'Run over something and lets cook
I really wanted to do
something for Danny so John and I oiled his new pit down, when He fired up that
puppy for the first time. I gotta say that pit is a work of art. I kept it
going for 4 hours and even when adding wood there was NO spike. If you have the
money you'd be a fool to buy anything else. This was a really well made smoker.
I kept a good size fire going which is alot easier than the smaller ones I use
in my NBBD and maintained a solid dead balls on 225. When the smoker came up to
temp there was no smoke leakage around the doors at all. Dave's welders are
really good. All the welds were perfect pretty layered text book welds. Dave's
smokers get the official Bear stamp of approval. God I wish I could afford
one. Smokin in Md, Bear
by Brian Eads
Yesterday, my wife went
from being a Rock & Roll widow to a BBQ widow. I got my first Klose!!
It sounds crazy, but
this matches that first kiss, my band's first album release, and my first
Mercedes.. Do I sound excited or what? Thanks to all you guys for your insight,
especially to David Klose for your honesty and advice. I know, this is starting
to sound like an Academy Awards speech so I'll shut up. Happy BBQ'ing--Spring is
almost here. Come see me in historic Lexington, MO.
It's been 4 days now,
and I'm still sleeping with my smoker--my wife is convinced I've lost touch with
reality... Hey, reality is nothing more than a cold one, a tasty slab, and good
friends to share your good fortune with... Happy smoking. Brian
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